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The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

Blame the referee for what? We won the match! Why would so many fans bemoan a referee's performance having won the match, have a quick think about that? Obviously there were occasions when we were rightly pinged but those were far outweighed by those when we were wrongly pinged. For people going on about not supporting your bodyweight, I suggest you watch BOD at work again. Also, watch the Australians getting away with blue murder, including a forward pass leading to a try which I still can't fathom how the TMO didn't call?! It traveled forward, simple as. If one of my teams lose and it's a fair contest, and we lose to the better team you'll never hear me moan. By the same token I will not gloat when we win. But the ref's performance was just so bad, as has been echoed by many, that it needs to be spoken about.

9 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

Had to watch it a few times too, I'm sure we'll see other footage come to light as well. Agree Celt11 that it's an unnatural movement from Horwill, but we'll just have to wait and see.

9 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

I recognised that you didn't see the match, hence the "Had you seen the match then you would have known" comment. The luck in caps just smacked of trying to get a rise out of people, that's all.

9 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

People will say that it's sour grapes and bitterness to criticise a referee's performance. The biggest problem with Pollock today was not how bad he was, and he was atrocious, but that he was biased. A ref can make poor decisions, but often they balance out, however, in this case Australia got everything their way, including a forward pass not called by the TMO, a yellow card not given against them, and massive protection at the ruck.
All of this aside, the Lions can play better. Tight five were fantastic, back row is unbalanced, leaving Warburton to shoulder too much of the dirty work. Heaslip went missing, as many predicted, and Warburton needs someone like Faletau to balance it up as I think Croft had a good game, albeit he's not my ideal 6. Phillips had one of the worst games I've seen him have on the international stage as he just looked for contact too much, still wouldn't start with Ben Youngs next match as I think Phillips will come good. Centres, can you really drop JD2 after his performance? Only problem being that O'Driscoll plays well with physical centre inside him. If Roberts is fit you'd probably have to put him in for JD2, but wouldn't put in Tuilagi. Back three, not without fault but had a good all round game. Cuthbert doesn't deserve to be dropped, but if Bowe is fully fit then I'd find it difficult to leave him out.
Bench was a mixed bag with Dan Cole and Vunipola lacking a bit in the scrum, but Parling, again not my favourite, doing what he has done well this tour and doing well from the bench. Won't oust the starting locks but I wouldn't want anyone else there. Tom Youngs was good, solid lineout, Hibbard was good, solid in the loose. Youngs the right call to start though.

9 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

I imagine that you're on a bit of a wind up here chum. Had you seen the match then you would have known that the reason for the number of penalties given away by the Lions had a lot more to do with the ref and his unfathomable 'interpretation' of the breakdown, which seemingly only counted against the Lions. Luck didn't come into the outcome of the game, it was a fully deserved win by the Lions when playing against 16 men for 80 minutes.

9 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Samoa stun Wales with impressive win at the Millennium Stadium

People will undoubtedly cite what I am about to say as sour grapes and that is indeed their prerogative, but if it can be disputed then please do so.

While I have no problem with Samoa winning yesterday, they fully deserved to as the outmuscled, out played, out thought, out whatever you can think of and played with the pride pulling on their nation's jersey evidently brings. However, people talk about big hits from the Samoan boys, but a few of the hits that went on during that match were less big and more illegal. Correct me if I am wrong but nowadays, according to the laws, a player when joining a ruck must attempt to use arms and bind onto another player. Case in point is the one shown in the video which led to Biggar's withdrawal. No attempt to bind, shoulder into the head causing injury, and illegal. JD seems to think it was fairplay, JD needs to check his laws again. Also, Halfpenny got absolutely laid out by another 'big' hit when running down the wing. Swinging arm to the face left him flat on his back, Wayne Barnes not 5 yards away.

I take nothing away from the Samoan performance, and had this two incidents been treated correctly they would have received 2 yellow cards and possibly ended up losing a game they thoroughly deserved to win. However, I really wish people would understand what a big hit is and not confuse it with an illegal one.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Ireland beat Scotland in eventful Six Nations clash in Dublin

Think that No9scrum has it right there. There is a nuance in the law whereby you don't have to release in goal, therefore Morrison was perfectly within his rights to hold onto Bowe. That being said, it was surely held up and not a double movement which should've resulted in an attacking 5 metre scrum.

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Wales claim the Triple Crown with nail biting win over England

You honestly need to go back to English lessons or spend more time studying the English language if you think that the this you have highlighted from my previous post is an attempt at getting one up. And me saying that is not insulting nor an attempt to get one up but a fact as you clearly don't understand what I said.

With reference to your dangerous tackle claim that the laws change all the time, they don't. What does change relatively often is the wording of the laws in order to clarify certain things. You have never been allowed to pick someone up and drop them on their head, that has always been considered dangerous play.

I do not need to win all the time as you continually claim, however, it does amuse me when someone such as yourself tries to show how much knowledge they have only to be so way off the mark. I therefore felt you needed to be educated.

Once more you want to continue our debate, not that it can be as only one side of the discussion is informed, despite previously claiming you didn't. This suggests to me and anyone that were to read this that it is you who needs to get the 'win' to boost their ego, not me. Again, not an attempt at getting one up, but a fact as you haven't got a clue what you are talking about half the time.

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Wales claim the Triple Crown with nail biting win over England

Once more you insist on replying despite, as I've pointed out on numerous occasions, claiming that you didn't want to. Anyone with a small amount of intelligence would tell you what that means.

You see through me and the type of person that I am? That's mightily impressive by a few words on a computer screen I must admit.

I have no need to get one up on people, and my reference to our last coming together was not an attempt to do so. It was instead to show you, although you evidently don't want to see it, how off the mark you are when it comes to rugby matter considering you have no idea how the laws work. In fact, correct me if I'm wrong on this, but did you not need to look up the laws on tackling in terms of when a tackle became dangerous?

Carry on replying, I am at this point highly amused by the way you try in vain to show that you know what type of person I am. I will refer you back to something, remind me who it was that felt the need to try and start some form of slanging match? Would you not agree that an intelligent debate has no room for this type of behaviour?

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Wales claim the Triple Crown with nail biting win over England

You were the one who kept claiming that they no longer wanted anything to do with me. I have at no point said that I was going to stop responding. So, logically, it is you that obviously feels the need to get the last word in otherwise you would have stopped when you claimed you were going to. It doesn't irritate me in the slightest, I have all the time in the world.

As for the last debate, it involved tackle laws and what constitutes a tackle according to the laws, something which you didn't have the foggiest about and ended up disappearing having been proven wrong. I'm sure that you will claim that you didn't disappear and that you were taking the higher road or some cock and bull story. You are just making yourself look silly here Pretzel.

2 Years, 1 Month ago

 
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